UPDATED: Actor Ryan Guzman apologized on Monday afterwards 9-1-1 Castmates Aisha Hinds and Oliver Stark – along with a number of fans – went to Twitter on Monday to denounce his defense of using racist insults by him and his fiancee, including the N-word.
In an Instagram video (which you can see below), Guzman said, “I can’t approve of the use of the N word by any non-black person. This includes all Latinos. That is not our word. “
Guzman, who plays firefighter Eddie Diaz in the Fox drama, faced an Instagram live post on Sunday defending his fiancee Chrysti Ane’s reaction to old tweets using bows again – like he did it did too. Ane has since apologized on social media, but Guzman said in the video that and his multicultural friends “call themselves bows all the time”
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“I have a lot of friends – black, white, Asian, Indian, whatever they are, Koreans – and we make fun of each other’s races all the time,” says Guzman in the clip. “We call ourselves arches all the time. We are not hurt at all because we know the real person, we know who we are. We know that we are not trying to bring each other down. So what are you getting at? Are you trying to prove that someone who is not racist is racist? No no. You don’t have that power. There is no racist energy from this household at all. “
Here’s what Hinds and Stark – who played fireman / medic Henrietta Wilson and fireman Evan Buckley on the show – had to say about their castmate’s video: